There’s a night we will like to forget. Last night’s six-game slate did not go as planned as the Maple Leafs four-man stack was grossly unproductive and Auston Matthews’ got a late goal taken away as well, not helping our cause. We will take our medicine and move on to a rare three-game Tuesday slate.
C – Tyler Seguin (DAL) – $8,000 vs. MON
The Canadiens will visit the Dallas Stars tonight, and they have been a team with serious defensive issues lately as they have yielded 11 goals over their last two games. Goaltender Charlie Lindgren’s play has come back down to earth, so this is a nice matchup for Seguin. He is having a typical season with 18 points, five power play goals and 78 shots across 20 games on the season, although he has just one assist over his last three games. Dallas is a dangerous offensive team on home ice so let’s start tonight’s lineup with the ever-dangerous Seguin.
C – Phillip Danault (MON) – $4,500 vs. DAL
Danault by himself isn’t a great offensive threat, but as long as he skates next to Max Pacioretty he makes for nice value. It’s not guaranteed that he will skate with Pacioretty tonight as Claude Julien has mixed up his lines to get some offense going, but Danault has shown solid all-around production with 11 points and 48 shots in 21 games this season. He is an all-situation player for the Habs which has him regularly skating over 18-19 minutes a night.
W – Wayne Simmonds (PHI) – $5,000 vs. VAN
Last season Simmonds would never be anywhere close to the $5K mark, but here he is this season. By no means is the veteran winger having a poor season with six goals and six assists in 20 games, but his production is down which explains the price decrease. Simmonds skates on the Flyers’ second line as well as the first unit power play with the Flyers’ big guns, so we have nice exposure here with the perennial 30-goal scorer.
W – Jakub Voracek (PHI) – $7,700 vs. VAN
Voracek has quietly had an amazing season for the Flyers. His 20 assists on the season is in a tie for third league-wide while his 67 shots are in a tie for 19th. He has also chipped in five goals which gives him 25 points across 21 games for the campaign. Voracek is perhaps the Flyers’ most dangerous player on that loaded first unit power play with his lethal shot and confidence to fire away when required. He also has great vision, clearly evidenced by his pile of assists. He also has four points over his last two games.
W – Devin Shore (DAL) – $3,700 vs. MON
Shore is today’s value play as he comes at a very cheap price, but has immense upside thanks to his spot next to Seguin at both even strength and on the power play. Amazingly, Shore scored just his first goal of the season in his 20th game which was also his most recent game against the Oilers. He now has just a 2.7% shooting percentage for the season so perhaps now Shore can go on a scoring binge to bring the law of averages back into play here.
W – Max Pacioretty (MON) – $6,900 vs. DAL
Pacioretty brings with him a solid floor thanks to his 98 shots on goal this season, the second highest mark in the NHL next to Alex Ovechkin. Pacioretty does have seven goals on those 98 shots, but that is still a small shooting percentage of just 7.1%. The majority of the Habs’ offense runs through Pacioretty and the Stars aren’t exactly stout defensively with three goals against per game, so let’s use the Habs’ top offensive player tonight and hopefully he ends up skating with Danault.
D – Shayne Gostisbehere (PHI) – $5,600 vs. VAN
Gostisbehere hasn’t found much twine this season with just one goal in 17 games, but the offensive defenseman has 15 assists as well to equal almost a point per game production so far this season. He is the anchor of the Flyers’ top power play unit and has 47 shots on goal this season, so the goals should start to come, hopefully beginning tonight in a favorable matchup.
D – John Klingberg (DAL) – $6,000 vs. MON
Klingberg completes a three-man stack here as he is enjoying quite the season for the Stars. Entering play tonight Klingberg has four goals, one power play goal, 14 assists, 48 shots and 34 blocks in 20 games. He has just one assist over his last four games but with the way Klingberg has played this season he shouldn’t be held off the scoresheet much longer.
G – Michael Neuvirth (PHI) – $7,500 vs. VAN
I believe Neuvirth is very underpriced tonight considering his matchup and his numbers on the season. Neuvirth takes on a Canucks team that ranks 26th with 2.55 goals per game this season while their power play checks in at 16.3%, good for 24th overall. Neuvirth has been very good this season, sporting an overall .928 Sv% for the season and has allowed one goal or less in three of his six starts. At home, he has a .935 Sv% and a 1.96 GAA so let’s roll with the Flyers’ netminder in an excellent matchup tonight.